"It's the responsibility of the government to control the rising inflation. We are not giving any excuses to hide it; we are trying very strongly to reduce it. But the congress when in power was getting out hit wickets, now in opposition its scoring self goals. The government is working with honesty for the welfare of nation," said Naqvi.
However, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Rajendra Chaudhary criticised the government for failing to control inflation. "Of course the government is responsible for rising inflation; the Finance minister should take steps to control it. The government should have at least stopped the rising inflation if not reduce it. Gas, petrol, food items, and rail everything has become expensive. The government needs to roll back the hiked prices," said Chaudhary.
Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Monday by Rs 1.69 and Rs. 0.50 per litre respectively while onion prices have continued to surge upwards.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called upon state governments to check hoarding, while Prime Minister Modi had met ministers and senior bureaucrats to discuss strategies to control inflation, which is at a five month high. The government had also increased rail fares, which had led to an outcry by the opposition parties.